Journaling: A Useful Tool for Self-Reflection

JournalingHave you declared your commitment to your self-care?  If not, it’s never too late!  Now?  Journaling.

Journaling can be used to record events, ideas and thoughts, often with a particular purpose in mind.  There are various forms of journaling using specific techniques for different purposes.

You may already journal or write in some formal or informal manner, so some of this information may not be new to you.

Either free writing, or more structured in the form of Reflective Journaling are okay. But for now, let’s just practice free writing, (non structured in a simple spiral notebook is a great start).

Every day, make an entry. Date it. Write whatever comes to mind.

Just get accustomed to spending a set amount of time to yourself, for yourself.

This is where you will jot down progress of your challenge as well. Things learned, things that work, things that don’t work. Because, what works for one, may not work for others.


  • Just write (for 28 days, at least daily)
  • Pick a quiet time, just for you
  • Write for as long as you like, or briefly
  • Write freely, about anything
  • Forget about spelling or punctuation
  • Use any writing instrument or medium you like

Why Journal?

  1. Writing can be a problem solving tool (and cheap therapy).
    2. Writing can help clarify and track patterns of feelings, emotions, and moods,
    3. Writing is a left brain function, leaving the right brain free to be creative.
    4. Writing may act as a release response to intense feelings, emotions, and moods we may be having trouble managing.
    5. To record progress and plan goals.

Just get in the habit of writing something daily.  Good luck and happy journaling!

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*Note, this post is a partial excerpt from one of my books soon to be made available for purchase.

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